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Single-Use Plastic Hits the Mainstream News

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Single-use plastic has been headlining in the mainstream news lately, and turning some heads. Plastic was invented to last forever, but often used to make products that get thrown away—and this convenience-comes-first model is slowly catching up with us. Our reliance on throwaway food and drink packaging is seriously harming our environment, so city councils, world leaders, big corporation and global organizations are taking note:

Malibu bans restaurants from giving out plastic straws, stirrers and utensils

The latest city to ban throwaway plastic items from restaurants is Malibu. Before that came Seattle, Davis, San Luis Obispo, Miami Beach and Fort Myers. Read more… LA Times

Queen Elizabeth is behind a royal push to cut plastic waste

After watching David Attenborough’s BBC Blue Planet II series, Queen Elizabeth is now behind Buckingham Palace’s new plans to eliminate unnecessary waste, including banning plastic straws and bottles at all royal estates. Read more… The Washington Post

World’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle debuts as momentum builds to reduce waste

The world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle was unveiled at Ekoplaza in Amsterdam as pressure to curb the world’s plastic binge and its devastating impact on the planet continues to grow. Read more… CNN

What to Give Up for Lent? Smoking? Cursing? How About Plastic?

The Church of England has asked people to add a new culprit to the list of ills they forsake for the six weeks of penance: plastic consumer products and plastic packaging. Read more… New York Times

Taiwan has committed to banning plastic items by 2030

Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a 12-year plan that will start with a ban on all plastic straws in stores and restaurants in an attempt to reduce plastic pollution. Read more… World Economic Forum

Plastic straw makers brace for bans

The European Union is pushing for many single-use plastic products, including straws, to be banned in 27 member states by 2030, and thankfully some countries may move much faster than that. Read more… CNN Money